Stock index futures fell on Friday as talk of a Greece default gained pace and a day after markets spiraled downward on deepening worries about global economic stagnation.
Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos was quoted by two newspapers as saying an orderly default with a 50 percent haircut for bondholders was one of three scenarios for resolving the country's fiscal woes.
European stocks tumbled early Friday on fears the region's banks would take more writedowns on their Greek debt exposure. The FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> were off 2 percent. <.EU>
S&P 500 futures fell 14.7 points and were below fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures slid 118 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures dropped 24.50 points.
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Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives regrouped in an after-midnight session to approve a must-pass spending bill, but the prospect of a government shutdown loomed as Democrats said it would go nowhere in the Senate.
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On Thursday, the Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> dropped 391.01 points, or 3.51 percent, to 10,733.83. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> lost 37.20 points, or 3.19 percent, to 1,129.56. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> slid 82.52 points, or 3.25 percent, to 2,455.67.
Wall Street's fear gauge, the CBOE Volatility Index <.VIX>, jumped 12 percent, giving the index its biggest two-day percentage spike in a month as investors protected themselves against future losses.
(Reporting by Angela Moon; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)